Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) catches the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints Score Major Victory Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers


For the first time in a long time, the New Orleans Saints won thanks to its defense.

Hates off to Rob Ryan.

After a severe weather delay, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints outlasted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to take a dominant lead in the NFC South with a 2-0 record. Last week the victim was the Atlanta Falcons, this week the Saints went to Tampa Bay and downed Greg Schiano’s club.

Rob Ryan’s defense held Josh Freeman to just 125 yards passing, although Doug Martin was allowed to gain an incredible 144 yards on the ground.

After a major stop on third down and a missed field goal by Tampa Bay, New Orleans took the ball back and dissected the Buccaneers through the air, with the highlight play being a 31-yard completion to the veteran Marques Colston.

One spiked ball and a Hartley field goal later, and the Saints are sitting atop the NFC South in a major way.

Brees ended up throwing for 322 yards and one score, although New Orleans could have done without the intercetion he tossed that was returned for a touchdown.

The running game was once again ineffective for New Orleans as no rusher posted over 30 yards, but the passing game was able to overcome the weakness anyway.

Let’s not forget the MVP of the game—tight end Jimmy Graham. He posted 179 yards (career high) and one touchdown as the main reason the Saints were so effective on offense.

Keep it locked here to Who Dat Dish as we’ll have the deeper analysis tonight and tomorrow as more details emerge from the Saints huge win. For now, enjoy the fact the Saints own the NFC South.

 

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